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News 26 Jan 2017

GFTU New Generation Youth Festival

This very popular event is aimed at younger workers and union members seeking to find out more about the trade union movement and its importance at home and overseas.

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News 11 Jan 2017

Howard League responds to Hewell prison inspection

The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons’ report on Hewell prison, published today (Tuesday 10 January).

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17 Dec 2016

Update Birmingham

Leaders of the POA pay tribute to the magnificent response of Prison Officers POA members from throughout the prison estate to restore good order at HMP Birmingham on Friday the 16th of December exactly a month after the very same members took protest action to raise public awareness of the state of our prisons.

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News 14 Dec 2016

Cardiff prison: Easy to find drugs, harder to find clean clothes and bedding

The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons’ report on Cardiff prison, published today (Tuesday 13 December).

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News 09 Dec 2016


Shannon Trust values the support the Prison Officers Association gives to the Reading Plan and take pride in being able to present the POA-Shannon Trust cup at POA Conference to an exceptional Reading Plan Lead who is also a POA member.

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News 02 Dec 2016

Howard League responds to Onley prison inspection

Onley has become “an unsafe prison”, an inspection report reveals today (Friday, 2 December).

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News 30 Nov 2016

Howard League: NOMS Chief Executive to speak at Howard League Public Meeting

The Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), Michael Spurr, will be the guest speaker at a Public Meeting held by the Howard League for Penal Reform tomorrow (Wednesday 30 November).

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News 28 Nov 2016
News 28 Nov 2016

Howard League: 016 becomes worst year ever recorded for suicides in prisons

More than 100 people have lost their lives through suicide in prisons in England and Wales so far this year, an all-time record, it can be revealed today (Monday 28 November) as two charities publish new research on how to make jails safer.

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21 Nov 2016

Campaigning law firm Thompsons solicitors responds to the Ministry of Justice consultation on reforms to the small claims limit

Tom Jones, Head of Policy at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “Despite government figures showing that the number of injury claims are down, they have allowed themselves to be bullied by insurers into reviving hugely unfair plans to remove access to justice for the injured, without producing a shred of evidence to justify them.

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